Feel good now. Like NOW. (No pressure. haha!)
Don’t make feeling good conditional.
If like attracts like - and even if it doesn’t ;-) - feeling good can only lead to more of the same.
If the current state of your life is not conducive to feeling good, imagine yourself into the happier world that you seek to manifest.
The Power of Make Believe
This type of make believe can seem childish, pointless and generally incongruent with our whole grown up, “adulting” thing we feel required to do each day.
But if we are struggling in an area or two of our lives, clearly, adulating hasn’t answered all of our wishes yet. ;-)
Dreaming is not just for children. Wishing on a star doesn’t need to end at 12. After all, isn’t make believe just another term for visualization, which is a powerful tool with a proven success outcome?
In fact, feeling grateful about what you have and what good is in your life now is a great and positive way to balance emotions and to continuously notice more and more good. But vividly imagining ourselves into the later that we yearn for now is transformative.
Using visualization to feel better and better not only acts as a meditation that helps our mental and physical health, but it also helps us remain focused on what we have asked for in our lives. If we have gotten nearly crystal clear about what we want in the areas of love, health, wealth or all of the above, spending time visualizing or thinking about this outcome has to feel good.
If now is really just waiting for later, feeling good can be egged on by imagining later now. (Does that even make any sense? ha!) But watch out for the trap. I have discussed this already and likely will again (and again). If we imagine later and see the gap between here and there or we start getting lost in how we will get there and become filled with doubts and frustration, orrrrr if we are impatient, the make believe won’t help us to feel good.
Because feeling great is essential to being happier and experiencing more happy things but we get stuck in the speed bumps of noticing the lack of what we’ve asked for, what do we do?
8 Tips for Powerful Visual Meditation
Here are some ideas on how you can use visualization and present-tense future-dreams ;) to feeeelllll good now:
Pick three times a day to make believe.
Find a place where you won’t be interrupted - that much ;)
Begin by noticing the rise and fall of your breath. If you can, lie down. The most relaxed and comfortable you are, the more effective the visualization will be.
See a place you would be if your realized dream were your current reality.
Use your five senses to bring reality to your vision.
Use movement to engage your vision more actively - i.e., hands on steering wheel, walking down the street, unpacking boxes in your new home.
How do you feel? Are you happy, pain free, full of energy?
Spend 20 or even 30 minutes in this world you’ve created. If you only have this amount of time at night, the other sessions can be shorter. It’s simple to imagine yourself in your preferred car while stuck in traffic on the way home from work. ;-)
As you cultivate this practice daily, or almost daily, you will find it easier and easier to get into that feeling of your new reality. The goal is to begin to connect with that feeling outside of your visual-meditation time. That feeling of bliss, joy, ease and happiness becomes a powerful tool when used during pretty much all of the frustrations life throws at us.
As we bring a sense of peace and calm into otherwise stressful situations, we increase the amount of time we spend feeling good. We also expand our awareness of how we can cultivate a happy feeling that isn’t entirely dependent on the circumstance.
While it is totally and completely right to seek any tool that will help us expand our ability to express our soul self in our physical existence, as we expand the time and ways in which we feel good, we automatically grow closer to what we envision and it is easier to feel it as a present state. Associating a positive sense of awareness during the visual-meditation sessions and then bringing even just that feeling into our days, enforces the connection with our vision accelerating its path into complete reality.
Yes, this is a practice. This is the “work” of getting what you want. But, if this, along with inspired action, is the work, I am sure we can find a way to power through it. :)